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degree murder. the pentagon is bracing for a budget slash ahead of possible sequestration. the automatic spending cuts are slated if congress doesn't work out a deal by march 1. the cuts could leave thousands 3 a bind. >> it was said today unless congress acts soon some 800,000 civilian pentagon employees could be furloughed. the news is grim. margaret mckeepy's daughter is a civilian worker with the army. >> they said a lot of people are upset because they are going to be furloughed. they are good workers. >> a top pentagon official says some 800,000 civilian workers could be furloughed one day a week by april. that is a 20% pay cut unless congress acts to ward off nearly $50 billion in cuts the news is expected to kick in march 1. >> it is ridiculous. >> don johnson a retired civilian worker with the defense department says with all the money spent in iraq and afghanistan don't pick on the sven force. >> we are always an easy target. i think there are other options. if congress would just get their act together. >> already the pentagon is short-sighted. g
having -- leading the sec. your calls, comments, and tweets on the announcement from the pentagon yesterday. 202 is the area code. give us a call -- join us on facebook at facebook.com/c-span2. let's begin with a look at one of the headlines this morning from "the new york times," a profile of a photographer in iraq. let me share with you a paragraph or two from "the new york times." -- we will share with you some more from the announcement yesterday at the pentagon. first, some of your calls. wilson joins us from little rock, arkansas. caller: even the women, even though they are just as brave in their bravery, there is no doubt about their bravery. the physical ability and stamina -- i am an ex-. tripper from the military -- ex- paratrooper from the military. training for women has gotten easier capri -- easier. women can be distracting for men as well. host: the orders to end combat exclusion, seeing that it will level the playing field in careers. brian on the republican line from wisconsin. welcome to the program. caller: glad i got a hold of you. first time on the program. i
in defense cuts seemed ludicrous. defense secretary leon panetta told the pentagon not the plan for it. now it seems not only is the military planning for the cuts, republicans seem to think the cuts are inevitable. >> i think the sequester is going to happen. because that $1.2 trillion in spending cuts we can't lose the spending cuts. that would pay for the last debt ceiling increase. >> the looming deadline is march 1. deputy defense secretary ash carter warned friday that the pentagon's $800,000 civilian employees will face furloughs. and reduce paychecks starting in april, if sequestration is not avoided. pentagon is now planning to eliminate 46,000 temporary civilian workers as a result of these imminent budget cuts. >> i got a perfect storm coming up in the next few months. we have this whole crazy mechanism called sequester. that means $1 trillion will be cut across the board. $500 billion out of defense. across the board. >> in a meat ax approach that will hollow out the force if it happens. >> one of the natio defense contractors general dynamics based in false church virginia repo
. >> the times they are achanging in the u.s. military. >> today subtracting jobs in the pentagon and adding women into combat. >> the fact is that they have become an integral part of our ability to perform our mission. >> is chuck hagel the right ban to run a -- we'll ask retired general stanley mcchrystal and michael hayden. and then assault weapons. the public may not want them, so why is banning them unlikely? plus does the republican road to recovery begin outside washington that with virginia governor bob mcdonal. i'm candy crowley. and this is state of the union. >> chuck hagel, the president's choice to be secretary of defense, will face many of his former colleagues this week as confirmation hearings. though congressman hagel has already taken income from many in his party, his critics see as sufficiently pro real. too quick to subject cuts at the pentagon. meantime, the current defense secretary leon panetta is making history on the way out the door. joining me now, retired u.s. army general stanley mcchrystal is the former commander in afghanistan. and former cia director and ret
jobs at the pentagon and adding women into combat. >> the fact is, that they have become an integral part of our ability to perform our mission. >> is chuck hagel the right man to run a pentagon in transition? we'll ask retired general stanley mckristol and michael hayden. >>> then, assault weapons. the public may not want them, so why is banning them unlikely? we'll ask senator dianne feinstein. >>> plus, does the republican road to recovery begin outside the washington. with governor mcdonnell, mia love, scott walker, and carlos gutierrez. i'm candy crowley. this is "state of the union." fire up the hot seat. former senator chuck hagel, the president's choice of secretary of defense will face many former colleagues at this week's confirmation hearings. republican hagel has taken a variety of votes that some see as too quick to suggest cuts at the pentagon and too conciliatory to israel. and president o joining me now retired u.s. army general stanley mcchrystal. author of "my share of the task" and retired u.s. air force general michael hayden. i'm the only one without a military t
more of a likelihood. >> political reports today that the pentagon preparing a plan to furlough civilian workers once a week for five months. that adds up to a 20% pay cut to deal with the automatic cut scheduled in march. gary has been looking into that one. gary. >> derek, you remember the piece of the fiscal cliff drama a month ago. the automatic spending cuts shared equally between programs that go into place automatically unless congress cuts the deal. the pentagon is putting details in place in order to save an estimated $5 billion. wusa9 asked our facebook following if their civilian pentagon employees, what would it mean to them? we got painful posts. we have one, i have colon cancer and have chemotherapy. no, we cannot afford any pay cut now. james wilson, i'm concerned about my bills. family of four here living on one civilian paycheck. husband disabled. pay frozen for three years and now they want to take two days of every paycheck away from me? i hope congress and the senate lose the equivalent amount of pay. they should furlough some 14s and 15s, higher pay grades,
americans care about this particular story? >> well, the u.s. pentagon is leading the development of oil and gas in afghanistaned and what that has meant is an increase in violence. that's a problem for afghans certainly, and it's a problem for troops fighting in afghanistan, and it could be a cause to delay our leaving afghanistan, which i think something most americans want to see happen. >> john: indeed. now when we think about holy-producing nations afghanistan does not usually come up in the top ten. how much oil is underneath afghan soil. >> yeah, it doesn't have a lot. it doesn't have a lot of natural gas. it doesn't compare to iraq. afghanistan has 1.6 billion barrels compared to iraq's 116. that said, any oil and natural gas right now is oil and natural gas that somebody wants and is going to fight for. also afghanistan is very strategiccally located among other countries that do have oil and natural gas holdings. both have resources of its own that are important and the strategic location of the other countries that have even more than it does. >> john: the mining of this oil a
you, bill. >>> straight ahead on this monday morning, relief for migraine sufferers, plus the pentagon puts cyber 2030 front and center. after the 49ers arrive in new orleans, there is a white house petition to make super bowl monday a national holiday. should it and could it happen? you're watching "first look" on msnbc. [ male announcer ] where do you turn for legal matters? maybe you want to incorporate a business. or protect your family with a will or living trust. and you'd like the help of an attorney. at legalzoom a legal plan attorney is available in most states with every personalized document to answer questions. get started at legalzoom.com today. and now you're protected. i just served my mother-in-law your chicken noodle soup but she loved it so much... i told her it was homemade. everyone tells a little white lie now and then. but now she wants my recipe [ clears his throat ] [ softly ] she's right behind me isn't she? [ male announcer ] progresso. you gotta taste this soup. or that printing in color had to cost a fortune. nobody said an all-in-one had to be bulky. or tha
, relief for migraine sufferers. >>> the pentagon puts cybersecurity front and center. >>> as the 49ers arrive in new orleans, there's a white house petition to make super bowl monday a national holiday. could it and should it happen? "early today" returns in a few minutes. >>> welcome back. here are stories making news this morning. the senate is expected to approve more than $50 billion in aid for victims of hurricane sandy which hit the northeast over three months ago. >>> the pentagon is about to expand its cyber-security force five-fold to meet increasing threats against the nation's computer networks. the expansion would add 4,000 people to a unit that only has 900 employees now. >>> two oil barges hit a railroad bridge on the mississippi river near vicksburg and began leading crude oil. the coast guard says a leaking tank filled with 80,000 gallons of crude has been contained. >>> back in 1999, the colorado grand jury looking into the death of jonbenet ramsey voted to indict her parents on charges resulting in her death. but the court said there was not enough evidence in the cas
the announcement at the pentagon tomorrow behind me. women say this is the moment they're waiting for, a victory and equality. >> i think i have been walking abut thr about three feet in the air. thrilled the pentagon is lifting a ban on women serving in combat. >> exciting first step to further include women in the military service. >> the reservist is one of four female service members who filed a lawsuit to stop the approximately see thpolicy that bans women. >> great advancement in advancing women's equality in military service. >> reporter: the move overturns a 1994 ruling banning women from being in comb battle units. this change will allow the military to open up 200,000 combat positions for women in the army and marine infantry units. >> i am incredibly excited. >> the former sergeant wait aid decade for this announcement. she wrote a book "love my rifle more than you." focusing on u.s. army experience in iraq. >> i thought that the military was not at already. i thought there was no chance that women would be allowed to serve in comb battle arms jobs. in of my lifetime. i served alongsi
, but it is a real possibility for pentagon employees. >> the ravens road to new orleans. coming up, we will hear >> perhaps one of the least heralded but most important parts of the reagan organization is one of its most tenured. -- the ravens organization is one of its most tenured. >> ozzie newsome. 11 news pete has the story. hi, pete. >> ozzie newsome is an unassuming. he likes to take long walks or on days like this, he will take the treadmill. if there is a better manager and in the nfl, i have not seen him. ozzie newsome would go into the nfl hall of fame as a manager if he were not already there as a player. if there is one thing we can point to form why the reagan sir but the regular season, it is -- the raven survive the regular season, it is ozzie. >> we knew don could play. it was just a matter of him getting on the field. >> while paul kruger took time to reach his potential, the potential was there. >> when i am around come paul does a lot of the extra stuff on in some. >> he gives banks he had some many talents to, on as replacements -- he gives thanks he had so many talents to tu
.  >>> pentagon chief panetta makes it official opening combat positions to women. they should have to meet the same standard as men. panetta says the qualifications for women will not be lowered and spoke of the increased opportunity for female warriors. >> as we all know, there are no guarantees of success. not everyone is going to be able to be a combat soldier. but everyone is entitled to a chance. >> some roles in the special forces like navy seals and the army's delta force may take longer to open up. defense officials say military chiefs have until may 15th to report on their implementation plans. >>> u.s. schools are bracing for sweeping changes. education department says students with disabilities deserve a fair shot to play on traditional sports team. today officials will issue a directive telling schools must provide equal and alternative options. >>> hello, there. >> how are you? >> good, how are you? snow is on the way, not perfect with the afternoon commute. >> similar to yesterday? >> i think sort of a repeat performance. an inch. few spots will do a little better than that.
continuing on 395 on the beltway trying to get past the pentagon headed for the 14th street bridge. that's a check of your fox 5 on-time traffic. >> thank you. >>> now to more on this cold winter weather we are having. looks like it will last into the weekend. >> lauren demarco has a look at how our roads are getting ready. good morning to you. >> reporter: one thing i can certainly confirm is it is very cold out here. very cold and the pavement is so cold, it is below 20 degrees. they are not salting the roads, pretreating for the anticipated snow this afternoon. so that is sort of interesting this morning. we had a couple of accidents yesterday morning around 8:30:00 a.m. on 95 in virginia near triangle. we had an accident involving a virginia state trooper and another one involving a v- d.o.t. vehicle and patrol officer. everyone involved suffered nonlife-threatening injuries. they should all be okay. you know what a mess that can create on the roads, particularly when there is snow during rush hour and that is what we are looking at for the afternoon rush today. taking a live look ou
led to the shooting. police of not release information on a suspect. >> the pentagon will announce today an historic change in policies regarding female service members. defense secretary leon panetta will lift a long serving a ban on women serving in combat. women could soon be eligible for jobs on the front line or with a lead commando unit. a woman reservist to file the lawsuit praised the move. >> if it was to keep us safer, i am living proof it does not keep us safer. >> critics question whether women have the strength and stamina for the job and whether their presence would hurt units of togetherness. >> there is a confirmation hearing today for john kerry president obama's choice to be the next secretary of state. john kerry says he will divest holdings in dozens of companies in order to avoid possible conflicts of interest. >> that a heated exchange involving secretary clinton. she was defiant at times during her testimony on the u.s. consulate attack in benghazi. >> we have no doubt they were terrorists. there were militants, they attacked us, killed our people off. but wh
. it is an opportunity but is also stirring controversy. >> today the pentagon will announce it is listing the -- lifting the two-decade and of not having women on combat role. recently the front lines of or have been blurred. women already make up 40% of the 1.5 million active-duty personnel. more than 100 women have died in afghanistan and iraq. congressman tami duckworth was a helicopter pilot who lost both her legs serving in iraq. >> women have been in combat. in fact, many have been awarded the purple heart and combat action bench, both of after engaging in direct fire from enemy forces. >> under the new policy, womenwill officially be able to depart as infantry units and special forces so long as they meet the physical requirements. >> there is no more nobler mission and a dominant uniforms of our armed services and go into harm's way for america. >> three-quarters of americans support women serving in combat, but there are critics. one young enlisted soldier says that this change will create sexual tension which could create a distraction that could mean life or death. he also said women are desi
cold causes misery and takes more li lives. >>> the right to fight. for the first time the pentagon will allow women in combat on the front lines. >> that's huge news. >>> a defiant north korea threatening more nuclear tests and calling the u.s. its sworn enemy. that breaking overnight. good morning, everyone. welcome to "early start," i'm john berman. >> and i'm zoraida sambolin. thursday, january 24th, 5:00 a.m. in the east. let's get started here. up first if you are still wrapped up in your blankets you may want to stay right where you are. >> do not move. >> that bitter cold blast is gripping much of the country and it's not expected to go away anytime soon. people were mummified on the street with the temperature plunging to single digits. even for late january this is ridiculous for these parts. the u.s. is feeling like 33 below in some areas. today the south could see subfreezing temperatures and wind chills and ice where people are not used to driving in winter weather. and where places are not used to preparing for those crazy temperatures either. authorities say three peo
. >>> in other news this morning, the pentagon announces a major crack in the camouflage ceiling today. women will be allowed on the front lines. the move opens the way for thousands of female service members to serve in combat and to climb the military ranks. abc's tahman bradley reports, now, from washington. >> reporter: the u.s. military is about to become fully integrated. outgoing defense secretary leon panetta will announce an end to the ban on women serving in combat. >> they've proved themselves time and time again over the last 12 years. and finally, they're going to get the recognition, which is key. >> reporter: the groundbreaking move overturns a 1994 rule that restricts women from being assigned to the front lines and elite combat divisions. in reality, women have sported flak jackets and heavy packs, taking on direct roles in afghanistan. tammy duckworth lost both her legs in combat. she serves in congress. >> the reality of the battlefield has changed since the vietnam era. everyone is serving in a combat situation. >> reporter: kimberly olsen was one of the first female pilot
'll talk about that in a minute. back to you guys. >>> a ground-breaking move bit pentagon lifting the ban on women serving in combat. that means women will now be able to fight on the front lines. the move expected to be officially announced today by leon panetta. >>> some fiery testimony from secretary of state hillary clinton on capitol hill yesterday. for more than five hours in two separate hags, she defended her role in the aftermath of the attacks on the u.s. consulate in libya. she also heard the anger of republicans who say they are not satisfied with the steps taken by the white house before and after the ahack. -- in two separate hearings. >>> debates over gun control continue across the country after mass shootings. as trace gallagher reports, vice president joe biden will hit the road to promote the government's plans. >> reporter: vice president biden launching a series of road trips to promote gun control. the white house says the campaign includes a visit to virginia a state where many strongly support gun rights. virginia experienced its open school shooting tragedy. thirt
so good. the pentagon prepares to make a huge announcement when it comes to a ban involving female service members. >> a break from the usual work at a prison as inmates took part in a flash mob dance. "good morning washington"at 5:00 begins now. >> live and in hd, this is "good morning washington," on your side. >> good morning, washington. it's thursday, january 24. very snow outside. i am scott thuman. >> i am pamela brown. loudoun county schools are open --rather , on a two hour delay. fairfax county, two hours arlington, two hour delay. federal agencies are open. montgomery county school ands are closed. >> now, jacqui jeras with the weather. >> mainly it has been in southern maryland and towards fredericksburg and stafford county where the schools are closed today. that's where we have picked up two inches or 3 inches. the metro, a quarter inch to an act -- to a half-inch. it is phasing out already along interstate 81. this will phase out within the next few hours. winter weather and advisory in effect until 9:00 this morning. if we will still have maybe just a few snow flurr
and we'll continue discussions. >> thank you. jon: the pentagon's move to lift the ban on women in combat roles is sparking new concerns about the future effectiveness of units serving on the front lines. the latest on the controversial decision ahead. >>> as if the flu outbreak wasn't bad enough, a new strain of norovirus is cutting a trail through the u.s. arthel is shaking her head. a look who is most at risk, plus what you can do to stay healthy. arthel: only you were supposed to see that, jon scott. ♪ aww man. [ male announcer ] returns are easy with free pickup from the u.s. postal service. we'll even drop off boxes if you need them. visit usps.com pay, print, and have it picked up for free. any time of year. ♪ nice sweater. thank you. ♪ jon: new fallout now from the pentagon's decision to integrate women into combat units. defense secretary leon panetta officially lifted the ban yesterday. the move drawing strong criticism from critics and supporters. national security correspondent jennifer griffin is live from the pentagon now. jennifer, what's been the reaction among men i
. women already make up 15% of the overall force and 17% of the officers in the military, but the pentagon's latest decision update updates a 1994 policy change that prohibited women from serving in ground combat units. only, excluding women from combat units never excluded them from the consequences of conflict. women have been working alongside combat units in support roles that put them right in the middle of conflicts where the new front line is wherever the next ied or mortar attack or suicide bomb happens to b and while the u.s. military's old policy discriminated against the women as the casualties can attest, the attackers did not. 283,000 women have been deployed to iraq and afghanistan since 2001, and since then, more than 800 women have been wounded and more than 130 killed in those conflicts. so the pentagon's announcement was not only welcomed, but long overdue, and more importantly, it also shatters what has been a nearly impenetrable brass ceiling. the military is most likely to be populated be by officers with combat experience and that meant before now, they were most like
of the northeast. we'll tell you who needs to take extra care on the roads this morning. >>> also the pentagon warns hundreds of thousands of workers could face furloughs and pay cuts if things don't change before the sequestration deadline in april. the latest on the looming defense cuts coming up in a live report. ♪ [ male announcer ] don't just reject convention. drown it out. introducing e all-new 2013 lexus ls f sport. an entirely new pursuit. [ male announcer ] the rhythm of life. [ whistle blowing ] where do you hear that beat? campbell's healthy request soup lets you hear it... in your heart. [ basketball bouncing ] heart healthy. great taste. mmm... [ male announcer ] sounds good. it's amazing what soup can do. ...so as you can see, geico's customer satisfaction is at 97%. mmmm tasty. and cut! very good. people are always asking me how we make these geico adverts. so we're taking you behind the scenes. this coffee cup, for example, is computer animated. it's not real. geico's customer satisfaction is quite real though. this computer-animated coffee tastes dreadful. geico. 15 minutes
top level white house jobs to women. we are also looking at how the pentagon is planning to respond to north korea's new round of threats including nuclear tests and the vice president's sneaky strategy to try to pressure gun owners to support the administrations. pushing for new gun control laws. you are in "the situation room." . >>> we begin with the reshuffling at the white house. a few hours ago, president obama announced he is moving the deputy security adviser do into the position of white house chief of staff. today's big news as the president's clear response to complaints that women were not getting enough top level jobs. the white house correspondent has the latest information. jessica? update us on what's going on. it's a sensitive subject. >> it is. in choosing dennis mcdonough he chose comfort, friendship and trust over political pressure and the chance to make history that would have come for naming the first female chief of staff to the post. dennis donough is a long time trusted aid. here's what the president said when he announced the choice. >> i have been countin
at political consequences. we start at the pentagon with our chris lawrence. this is ground breaking stuff after women flying helicopters, combat medics, assigned to submarines, this is the last great barrier to come down. right? >> you're exactly right, anderson. you're talking about army infantry, marine recon units and even potentially special operations forces. this was sort of the big glass ceiling that had not been broken yet. you mentioned other ones. the army recently opened up special ops aviation, that women could be pilots and crew members on aviation flights, for special operations forces. but this potentially opens up nearly a quarter of a million jobs to women in the military. >> what's the time line on this? i mean, it doesn't happen all at once. >> no, it's not like tomorrow all these jobs are going to open all at once. some will open fairly quickly. the easiest ones to integrate where you've got a lot of women already sort of attached or working at a battalion level. those could be open in six to eight months. but some of the tougher ones, the special operations forces, ce
' self-destruction. and later the pentagon lifts a ban on women in combat and the righties are all up in arms about that. goldie taylor will join me and we'll get her take. don't forget you can listen to my radio show on sirius xm radio channel 127. share your thoughts with us on facebook and twitter using the #edshow and we are coming right back. [ male announcer ] coughequence™ #8. waking the baby. [ coughs ] [ baby crying ] ♪ [ male announcer ] robitussin® liquid formula soothes your throat on contact and the active ingredient relieves your cough. robitussin®. don't suffer the coughequences™. >>> welcome back. they attempted to bully secretary of state clinton yesterday. they were back at it again today. senators mccain, johnson, and paul are ignoring the truth about the attack on benghazi so they can advance their right-wing agenda. secretary of state hillary clinton smacked down tea party senator ron johnson yesterday. johnson blundered again at senator john kerry's confirmation hearing today. >> you work with me then on an ongoing basis so we can get that behind us so we
up plans for putting women on the front lines. the process was set in motion today at the pentagon. >> not everyone is going to be able to be a combat soldier. but everyone is entitled to a chance. >> brown: with that, defense secretary leon panetta-- joined by the chair of the joint chiefs of staff, general martin dempsey-- announced he's ending a 1994 ban on women in combat roles. >> as secretary, when i've gone to bethesda to visit wounded warriors, when i've gone to arlington to bury our dead, there is no distinction that's made between the sacrifices of man and women in uniform. they serve, they're wounded and they die right next to each other. the time has come to recognize that reality. >> brown: nearly 300,000 women have deployed over the past 11 years in iraq and afghanistan, where the frontlines aren't so clearly drawn. and 152 have died there. today's decision opens up some 230,000 battlefront positions to women, many in army and marine infantry units. commanders will have to decide whether women will be eligible for elite forces, such as the navy seals and the army's d
the republicans' self-destruction. and later the pentagon lifts a ban on women in combat and the righties are all up in arms about that. goldie taylor will join me and we'll get her take. don't forget you can listen to my radio show on sirius xm radio channel 127. share your thoughts with us on facebook and twitter using the #edshow and we are coming right back. twins. i didn't see them coming. i have obligations. cute obligations, but obligations. i need to rethink the core of my portfolio. what i really need is sleep. introducing the ishares core, building blocks for the heart of your portfolio. find out why 9 out of 10 large professional investors choose ishares for their etfs. ishares by blackrock. call 1-800-ishares for a prospectus which includes investment objectives, risks, charges and expenses. read and consider it carefully before investing. risk includes possible loss of principal. >>> welcome back. they attempted to bully secretary of state clinton yesterday. they were back at it again today. senators mccain, johnson, and paul are ignoring the truth about the attack on benghazi so the
secretary leon panetta making history. he will announce the pentagon is lifting its ban on women in combat. the policy change will overturn a 1994 ban that ruled -- rule that banned women from being part of combat units. at first women will be assigned to combat support roles like working in communications, logistics, and as drivers. later they will work as medics and corpsmen before becoming combat infantry troops. >> i am incredibly excited. when i listened to obama's inaugural address monday and heard him reference the continuing struggles for equality on many fronts, it was great to hear him mention women's issues. i did not expect that to be the pretlud an announcement -- prelude to an announcement this significant in such short order. >> military leaders have to decide which if any combat jobs they think should be available to men only. they'll make decisions by 2016. >>> political analysts expect smooth sailing today for john kerry during his confirmation hearing to be secretary of state. kerry will answer questions from his colleagues on the senate foreign relations committee. he i
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head home or get ready to hit the town. >>> thousands of local workers at the pentagon could be in for major pay cuts. >>> and the landmark ruling that presid >>> this is a look at i-270 in montgomery county. the cars are moving well on this nigh. the snow has eased up and it's powdery, still a little bit slick out there. doug will have the forecast in a minute. >>> deadly anti-government protests mark the anniversary of the egyptian revolution that drove hosni mubarak from power two years ago. thousands of people filled major squares and streets across the country to call for a regime change. the clashes happened in sued. egyptian officials say more than 370 people were injured nationwide. >>> tonight, the pentagon has a warning for the 800,000 civilian employees, civilian employees. there will be layoffs and pay cuts by april. unless congress stops the mandatory budget cuts that are set for march 1st. officials say furloughed employees would lose one day of work each week through september. there has been no official notification to those employees about these cuts which wo
as the pentagon today lifts the ban on women in combat. big move. a great move. hello, everybody. happy, happy thursday and welcome, welcome to the "full court press." coming to you live all the way across this great land of ours. god bless america. we're booming out to you on your local progressive talk radio station. how lucky you are if you've got one. treasury -- treasure it. support it. this hour only on exirious. all three hours on current tv. good to have you with us. you can actually become a partner in the program. express your point of view. we want to know what you think about them. it is as important as anything i have to say. you can do so by giving us a call at 1-866-55-press. that's our toll free number. you can follow us on twitter at bpshow. more and more people do. i was tweeting out yesterday from the white house briefing and you can follow my tweets there as long as you sign up to follow us on twitter. or on facebook at facebook.com/billpressshow. there is a lot to talk about today. this lifting of the ban on women in combat, hillary clinton testifying yesterday in front of
. at the pentagon, fox 5 news. >> new at 6:00, amateur video has been released from the hostage crisis stand off from algeria. the footage shows a group of men sitting by a fence. you can see one of the suspected terrorists dressed in black. three americans were killed in the incident. a strong international travel warning for foreigners in libya. urging their citizens to leave benghazi. authorities describe as an imminent military threat comes a day after secretary of state hillary clinton testified about the deadly attack. the threat also follows a deadly hostage attack in algeria. in both incidents terrorist groups claimed responsibility. >>> president obama's choice for secretary of state john kerry had his confirmation hearing today. addressed the relations committee. been a member for the past 28 years. outlined a number of issues facing the united states. chief among them deal wg iran. >> the president has made it definitive. we will do what we must do to prevent iran from obtaining a nuclear weapon. and i repeat here today, our policy is not containment. it is prevention. >> senator is e
at the benghazi hearings. will it help or hurt a possible presidential run? >>> for the first time the pentagon gives women the right to serve in combat. >>> and hay, farmers don't have enough and some are going to extremes to get it. >>> but we begin this morning with today's "eye opener," your world in 90 seconds. >> it's very, very cold. the wind is definitely cutting in to me. >> a brutal cold front freezes over the northeast. >> windchill advisories in at least a dozen states from north dakota to new england. >> the frigid arctic air mass for schools to close can pose transportation problem. >>> scientists say it dice to strange phenomenon called january. >> something sprang out of that. >> hillary clinton took the hot seat, testifyinging t inabout t deadly terror attack. >> with all due respect, we have four dead americans. sit because of a protest or because four guys walking outside one night decided to kill some americans. what difference at this point does it make? >>> groundbreaking decision in the pentagon. >> women have been fighting and dying and bleeding for this nation in combat
is expected to make the official announcement tomorrow. cbs pentagon correspondent david martin reports they will have until may to formulate plans to make it happen, and then we'll have two and a half years after that to fully implement them. the end of 2015. anita. >> thank you, gary. >>> tempers flairing today as congressmen question hillary clinton about the attack that left four americans dead. they feel the obama administration misled americans about what happened. >> the fact is we had four dead americans. >> i understand. >> was it because of a protest or because of guys out for a walk that they decided they would kill four americans. >> republicans drilled clinton about request for more security before the attack. clinton admitted those messages never crossed her desk. >> did i find that you did not read the cables, i would have relieved you of your post. >> an independent review post found a series of -- that lead to security lapses at consulate. governor clinton took responsibility what happened and she assured members of congress changes are being made to create a tronger de
that allowing women in combat could help solve one of the armed forces most serious problems. at the pentagon, chairman of the joint chiefs martin dempsey thinks this move will reduce sexual assaults. he claims the disparity in the gender roles in the military can lead to disrespect and violence against women. today, dempsey and defense secretary leon panetta signed an order opening up all combat roles for women. >> for us, i'm a 11 bravo, i'm a bang-bang, i go out there on the front leans with the guys, it shows that we are equal. >> women already serve in many combat-related jobs but were banned from frontline positions. >>> red light cameras appear to be doing their job. new research shows fewer tickets are going out and cash crashes are down. eight arlington intersections, four of them had red light cameras installed. the report finds violations dropped between 39 and 86% at intersections with the cameras. researchers say the most dangerous violations, running a red light a second after it's red, is also down. >>> two planes clipped wings. a plane arriving from brussels this afternoon hit
at operating in combat and killing the enemy. jennifer griffin live at the pentagon with the news. why did military leaders say this had to happen now? >> essentially because women are already in combat. chairman of the joint chiefs, martin dempsey said he realized when he got into his armored vehicle in baghdad in 2003. >> and i slapped a gunner on the wagon and she leaned down and said, i'm amanda, okay, so a female turret gunner protecting the commander and times have changed and something to do about it. and life as we know, there are no guarantees of success. not everyone is going to be able to be a combat soldier. but everyone is entitled to a chance. >> reporter: secretary panetta said that his eyes were opened when he was over at the cia and realized half of the intelligence force over there were women and he talked to the joint chiefs when he came over here to serve as defense secretary about what changes could be made, shep. >> shepard: jen, what are we hearing from women in the military? >> most have accepted this and are excited about it. what they've explained to us, this wil
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